The public service reform agenda in Scotland provides a strong and consistent message regarding the importance of partnership working and service integration. It also emphasises the importance of shifting investment upstream in order to grow preventative and early intervention approaches and to reduce dependence upon costly acute or crisis intervention resources.
Realigning Children’s Services (RCS) programme supports local improvement in improving the commissioning of children’s services. One of the distinctive features of the programme is its commitment to compiling, generating and synthesising the best evidence about the circumstances, characteristics and experiences of children and young people.
An important strand of that work is a programme of new quantitative research – the Children’s Wellbeing Survey Programme - that will complement existing data from administrative and other sources. This work is being conducted by two of Scotland’s leading survey research organisations – ScotCen Social Research and Ipsos MORI – and draws on their respective skills and experience of conducting major national studies such as the Growing Up in Scotland survey and SALSUS.
As well as the data collection with our development programme we want to further strengthen partnerships already around across children’s services – from statutory services to voluntary and independent providers of services to those who benefit, the children and their families themselves.
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